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Cricket's Lullaby

by James Bryan & Carl Jones

A long awaited second recording from James Bryan and Carl Jones. James is a 2011 Alabama Folk Heritage award winner and known for great tunes and tone. Carl for tasteful backup and original songs recorded by the Nashville Bluegrass Band & many others.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Sam Hill James Bryan & Carl Jones
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2. Blackie and Emma / Rolling in the Dust James Bryan & Carl Jones
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3. Dear Honey James Bryan & Carl Jones
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4. Kansas Waltz James Bryan & Carl Jones
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5. Cleveland's March to the White House James Bryan & Carl Jones
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6. Patty on the Turnpike James Bryan & Carl Jones
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7. Bonaparte's Retreat James Bryan & Carl Jones
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8. Cricket's Lullaby James Bryan & Carl Jones
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9. Dust in the Lane James Bryan & Carl Jones
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10. Stoney Fork James Bryan & Carl Jones
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11. Old Friend's Reunion James Bryan & Carl Jones
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12. Messenger James Bryan & Carl Jones
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13. Lesson James Bryan & Carl Jones
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14. Piedmont James Bryan & Carl Jones
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15. Dust and Ashes James Bryan & Carl Jones
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16. Star of the East James Bryan & Carl Jones
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
An old tune played through the years is a treasure just
like an old friend. James and I are old friends that always
treasure each time we get together and enjoy seeing what
happens musically. This new recording captures some
things from way back, as well as some very new. We always strive for
a relaxed approach, minimal arranging, and embrace the unpredictable.
It’s a real treat to be playing and recording once again and we hope
that you enjoy listening to our latest meanderings. May they take you
to a good place as they certainly did that for us.

1. SAM HILL
I learned this tune from Jim Cauthen of
Birmingham, Alabama. It is one of the
tunes composed by Ralph Whited from
Oneonta, AL. –JB

2. BLACKIE & EMMA / ROLLING IN THE DUST
by Carl Jones
Blackie and Emma were brother and
sister of the feline persuasion.Initially
they were quite aloof but warmed up to
me considerably after I made up these
tunes inspired by their antics. –CJ
(Carl Jones. Chordwood Music. ASCAP

3. DEAR HONEY
As sang by Mrs. Dock Eason
1950 (Texas Folk Songs)
This beautiful song was sung by Mrs.
Dock Eason and included in Texas Folk
Songs, a book published in 1950 by
collector, William A. Owens of the Texas
Folklore Society. My version has strayed
a bit as this is no longer a waltz and the
melody has wandered with time. –CJ

4. KANSAS WALTZ
The Kansas Waltz appears in one of the 19th
century publications by Elias Howe. It was
originally written in the key of E but it works
nicely in the tuning ADAD. –JB

5. CLEVELAND’S MARCH TO THE WHITE HOUSE
A fine tune from Emmett Lundy of Galax,
Virginia. –JB

6. PATTY ON THE TURNPIKE
I learned this tune from a 78 record called
Patty on the Turnpike by Fiddlin’ Cowan
Powers of Russell County, Virginia. –JB

7. BONAPARTE’S RETREAT
This unusual 6/8 version of Bonaparte’s
Retreat comes from the playing of MelvinWine
of Copen, West Virginia. It was the first tune
he learned from his father, Bob Wine. It is
played with a high bass and counter. –JB

8. CRICKET’S LULLABY by Carl Jones
This song sprang from an attempt to calm
two overly-energetic girls, (my daughter Kelli
and James’ and Patti’s daughter Rachel),
and help them embrace slumber. I still
vividly recall the crickets in full chorus and
the snores that arose just before the song
came to a close. –CJ
(Carl Jones. Chordwood Music. ASCAP.)

9. DUST IN THE LANE
This tune comes from the collection of tunes in
Marion Thede’s The Fiddle Book. I learned it
from mandolin player, Mike Compton. –JB

10. STONEY fORK
West Virginia fiddler, Ellis Hall, recorded
this in the early 1950s for RCA Victor. –JB

11. OLD fRIENDS’ REUNION by Carl Jones
While playing the mandolin I am always
amazed when a new melody appears almost
of its own accord. This tune has a fitting title
because James and I go back a far piece.
It is always a treat when James plays one
of my tunes. –CJ
(Carl Jones. Chordwood Music. ASCAP.)

12. MESSENGER
Another tune I learned from Jim Cauthen,
who in turn, learned it from southern Alabama
fiddler, Henry Lee Hudson. –JB

13. LESSON
Words by Minnie Case Hopkins/
Music by Carl Jones
This Minnie Case Hopkins poem was on a
well-worn page that had been neatly folded and
tucked into an old book I bought second-hand.
I was enthralled by it and compelled to set it
to a melody. I’m sure all parents relate to its
simple heart-rending question and if they still
have young ones, hopefully take heed. –CJ
(Music/arr. Carl Jones. Chordwood Music.
ASCAP.)

14. PIEDMONT
Piedmont is a Missouri tune from fiddler,
Art Galbraith. It was recorded on an album
called Simple Pleasures by Art Galbraith
and Gordon McCann [Rounder 0157].
Gordon has been long-time supporter of
traditional music in the Springfield area and
has shared many recordings with me. –JB

15. DUST AND ASHES
(THE PRAYER Of THE OwL)
Translated by Rumer Godden
From the French of Carmen Bernos
de Gasztold /Music by Carl Jones
The Prayer of the Owl is a French poem
from Prayers From the Ark [1964 Viking
Press] by Carmen Bernos De Gasztold.
I have always delighted in setting poems to
music and this whimsical collection inspired
me to do just that. –CJ
(Music/arr. Carl Jones. Chordwood Music.
ASCAP.)

16. STAR Of THE EAST
Our adaptation of a shapenote hymn from
the Christian Harmony book. –JB



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Randy Simpson

the very best
James and Carl always hit my ears in only the best way possible. Thank you James and Carl!!